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Ash Wednesday in ICU

As a kid, my church had a service on Ash Wednesday—but never with ashes. The music was melancholy, and for me the sermon was always too long. My first ashes were at Holy Cross in Ojai where I serve. I … Continue reading

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Isaiah Targets Your Heart

If you are not careful, your life might change between now and Easter. March’s Old Testament readings are leading us on a journey together into the heart of an ancient sage, Isaiah, who is both prophet and poet. Although Isaiah … Continue reading

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Sandy Hook Singer: Ana Marquez-Greene

Last Friday, a gunman murdered 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Shortly before, he had killed his own mother. Ana Marquez-Greene, one of the 6-year-old victims sang “Come Thou Almighty King” with her … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray with Prayer Beads

When I pray, my mind wanders everywhere. I start praying for a friend or something about my job…. A few minutes later, I’m planning a trip or a sermon—Hey, was I praying? Sorry about that, God. Uh, where was I? … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray…About My Job

What can Moses do for an encore? After hearing God speak from a burning bush, after 10 miracles before Pharaoh, after parting the Red Sea, after summoning water from a rock, after announcing manna from heaven, after demolishing a fortified … Continue reading

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Celebrity Worship

What a crazy week. On Sunday morning I worshiped with Kari. On Monday afternoon as I flew from LAX to Nashville, NBC played a commercial for The Sing-Off. Kari, who led worship with me on Sunday morning, was serenading me … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray…Through the Lord’s Prayer

How can I say “Yes” to Jesus today? We sometimes complicate what Jesus made simple. Jesus told people plainly, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name….” (Matthew 6:9-14). Another time, when his … Continue reading

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